Advocacy Peace & Justice, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Parishioner and volunteer Nathalie Abejero and the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, tell a hotel desk clerk at New York Marriott Marquis about the Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Project, asking that staff use soaps labeled with a toll-free help hotline for sex-trafficking victims. Photo: Amy Sowder[Episcopal News Service] She strode through midtown Manhattan with purpose, her black tote bag held close as she dropped a dollar into the jangling coffee can of a street person stationed on a corner. Weaving around the city sidewalks in her flowered pencil skirt, black flats and black tank with a clerical collar, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser had four destinations on her list that evening — all upscale hotels where she hopes her efforts make a dent in revealing the horrific secret right under everyone’s noses.Child sex trafficking happens at pretty much every hotel, whether it’s glitzy or seedy, Dannhauser and survivors say. The average age a child is forced into prostitution is 13. Human trafficking, for labor or sex, is the second-leading crime in the world, including the United States, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). And one in three children is solicited for sex within 48 hours of running away or becoming homeless.A mother of a daughter who’s almost 9, Dannhauser wants every hotel employee to be trained to recognize the signs and know what to do about it. She wants the children, usually girls, forced by threats, violence and drugs to have sex with countless men behind the hotel room doors, to find a soap in the hotel bathroom with a sticker on the wrapper providing a toll-free hotline to call for help.“We’re ‘soaping up’ midtown,” Dannhauser said as she led the way to the next hotel, carrying bags that each contained 100 hotel-sized labeled soaps and folders full of information. “I’ve talked to hotel staff who said they did see something ‘off’ and didn’t know what to do.”The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, asks an employee at Fairfield Inn & Suites in New York whether he’s had training to spot and report sex-trafficking victims. She’s leading a committee at her church, as well as a diocesan task force, to help the victims escape and to spread awareness of the problem, which is rampant in the travel and tourism industry nationwide. Photo: Amy SowderThe associate rector of Church of the Incarnation on Madison Avenue brought along parishioner Nathalie Abejero, also a mother, for the hotel visits. They, along with the rest of her parish’s anti-trafficking committee of seven to 10 people, have visited close to 40 hotels in the past year. “It’s so widespread. It could be anyone: the nicest, sweetest neighbor of yours who you’d never guess,” Abejero said as she waited in the lobby of New York Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square.“It’s so sick,” Abejero said a moment before the pair approached the hotel’s check-in clerks.Dannhauser is the chairperson of the Diocese of New York’s Task Force Against Human Trafficking. She was recently selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars honoree for her work to combat human trafficking.Why hotels and motels are ideal targetsThe majority of trafficking happens at hotels and motels, according to Polaris Project, a Washington D.C.-based organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery globally.Unlike other venues, hotels and motels allow traffickers some anonymity. Traffickers can pay for rooms in cash and change locations easily, which makes it easier to avoid detection than using an apartment, car or legitimate business front, all of which are traceable back to the owners.The biggest problem is lack of awareness. Hotel staff and guests don’t realize that trafficking is happening, or how to recognize the signs. Even if they do sense that a situation is suspicious, they may not know how to report it or whether it’s worth reporting at all.There are two clear ways to draw the line between prostitution and sex trafficking. If a person under 18 is involved in commercial sex, he or she is being trafficked. Also, anyone 18 and older with a pimp is being trafficked.“Trafficking is lack of choice. Slavery is lack of choice,” Dannhauser said. “Obviously, with children, it pulls your heartstrings more.”Volunteer Nathalie Abejero tells a hotel check-in clerk at New York Marriott Marquis about the Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Project, asking that staff place into the housekeeping carts the special soaps labeled with a toll-free help hotline for sex-trafficking victims. Photo: Amy SowderOnline shopping for underage sexTraffickers also use the internet. Children are more expensive and are most often purchased in the adult or dating sections of classified advertising websites, such as Backpage.com, which sells everything from boats to Beanie Babies. It is second in popularity only to Craigslist. When the woman’s face isn’t photographed, it’s often a girl younger than 18. A recent U.S. Senate report said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that 73 percent of all child trafficking reports it receives involve Backpage.Using a defense of freedom of expression from government censorship and being “merely a host of content created by others and therefore immune from liability under the Communications Decency Act,” the site has been embroiled in legal battles, from criminal charges against its founders and CEO, to politicians’ efforts to modify the federal law.Between 2010 and 2015, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported an 846 percent increase in suspected child sex trafficking, much of it online.A priest’s calling for advocacyDannhauser’s work is needed now more than ever.A former bankruptcy attorney, Dannhauser has no personal connection to this horrifying criminal epidemic, but during her contemplative prayer practice while in seminary, she felt a call from God to pursue this mission.She was resistant at first, but she felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to consider this cause.“It’s all about using the voice we have for the voiceless,” Dannhauser said. “Churches are good about service, but I don’t know that we always get the advocacy piece. I find this so energizing.”After Dannhauser’s committee worked on contacting hotels in the metropolitan area for almost a year, the group joined forces with the S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project in the summer of 2017.Volunteers stick labels onto hotel-sized soaps at the S.O.A.P. labeling party in July at Church of the Incarnation in New York. They’re working to spread awareness of child sex trafficking in hotels, and help the victims get out. Photo: Church of the IncarnationIn July, the committee had a S.O.A.P. labeling party, during which they stuck labels onto 2,000 bars of soap that provide a toll-free help hotline for victims to call. They deliver those soaps to the hotels along with a packet of other information, including a missing children’s page, a warning signs list and a hotline mouse pad.A survivor’s taleAnneke Lucas participated in the New York church’s labeling party and told her story, as well.Raised in Belgium, Lucas was sold by her parents to an exclusive sex-trafficking ring for wealthy politicians when she was 6, according to a “Real Women Real Stories” video on the Living Resistance website. For more than five years, she was raped and tortured. At puberty, she was in danger of being murdered, but she got out just in time.Today, Lucas is a mother and leader of an organization that brings yoga to prisons. Lucas, Dannhauser and other leaders advocating for trafficking victims are pushing for legislation to be passed to protect children.Anneke Lucas, a child trafficking survivor who is now a mother and leader of a group that brings yoga into prisons, told her story at the S.O.A.P. labeling party at Church of the Incarnation in New York. Photo: Church of the IncarnationConnecticut passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation — the first of its kind in the United States — requiring hotels and motels to post signs in a visible place spelling out what trafficking is. The notice must also contain information on how to get help by contacting the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The law also requires all hotel and motel staff in the state to receive training on how to recognize victims and activities commonly associated with human trafficking.“A law like this could help children who are trafficked in New York,” Lucas said in the video. A tiny hotel soap with a red label could be a trapped child’s saving grace. “I would have found a way to call the hotline, had I seen a notice,” she said.The S.O.A.P. ProjectFounded by Theresa Flores in Ohio, the S.O.A.P. Project is specifically focused on educating and increasing public awareness of the prevalence of human trafficking, in order to help trafficked survivors heal and also to prevent more teens from being victimized this way in the United States. Eighty percent of trafficked victims are women, and half are children, she said.S.O.A.P. representatives travel all over the United States to hold outreach workshops during large public events. The nonprofit organization partners with local groups to distribute millions of bars of soap wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline number — 1 (888) 373-7888 — and resources to high-risk motels and hotels.Based in Ohio, the nonprofit S.O.A.P. Project helps local volunteer groups label soaps with a toll-free help hotline and trains the volunteers to contact hotels and spread awareness of child sex trafficking in the United States. Photo: Amy SowderTrained volunteers such as Dannhauser and Abejero offer the soap free of charge to hotels and motels, along with training to be able to identify and report sex trafficking when they see it in their establishments.An author and advocate, Flores, 52, is also a survivor of child sex trafficking. She came from a good Roman Catholic home with two parents and no abuse. She was taught to be abstinent until marriage. But when she was 15, a boy in school drugged her and raped her, and his cousins took photos. The boy threatened to post the photos all over school, at her church and at her father’s office if she didn’t “work” to get each photo back. Flores was so ashamed of what had happened to her that she didn’t tell anyone. She found herself being called in the middle of the night and driven to mansions where she was forced to have sex with old men. They didn’t know her name or even ask, except for one man, who seemed to not know she was underage. Her pimp rebuked him, saying “she has no name.” She remembers being kidnapped, drugged and beaten, taken far away to Detroit and pulled out of the car by her hair to an open hotel where 20 men waited for her. She was 16 by then, in a sea of men, auctioned off to highest bidder, over and over until she passed out.“Nobody knew this was going on to a kid like me,” Flores said in her TEDx Talk. The Code, as it’s commonly called, was developed by End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT-USA), a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, and part of ECPAT International. It’s the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children. Those who sign The Code agree to establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children; train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and ways to report suspected cases; include a clause in contracts stating a zero-tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children; provide information to travelers; and report annually on related activities.Several large travel suppliers have signed The Code, including Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, according to Business Travel News.But while the heads of these hotel companies agree to this code, the training and education don’t always trickle down to every hotel location. That’s where efforts like those of Dannhauser’s committee come into play.Dannhauser is excited that the diocese’s sign-up letter is accessible to anyone in the Episcopal Church, so congregations can share it and educate their own hotels and travel agencies. The letter is downloadable here. She’s pressing to place a set of resolutions calling for the church to support the ECPAT code — similar to the New York diocesan resolutions — on the agenda at General Convention in the summer of 2018.“I also plan to have the toolkit ready at that time — the one for parishes to use to do their own hotel outreach with hotels in their communities,” Dannhauser said.How hotel staff respondOn this particular August evening, Dannhauser’s and Abejero’s second stop was at the 49-story marbled, modern New York Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square.The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, and parishioner and volunteer Nathalie Abejero head to the hotel check-in desks at New York Marriott Marquis to spread awareness of training available to spot and report child sex trafficking, which is common in all kinds of hotels. Photo: Amy SowderThe manager-on-duty and two clerks at the hotel’s front desk were friendly and willing to discuss sex trafficking when the two women showed up unannounced. Hotel employees undergo sex trafficking training with a video every six months, they said.“It’s something we’re actively on the lookout for,” the manager said.Sometimes the volunteers can’t even get a manager to come out to speak to them; it’s hard to tell whether it’s because the manager is busy or just not interested. Most desk clerks and managers said they are aware of the problem and several of them had training by video. Others admitted they didn’t know what to do when they suspected something was awry. They all took the soaps.“It was a better response than I expected,” Abejero said.— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service, and a writer and editor in Brooklyn, New York.Editor’s note: Combatting human trafficking will be on the agenda during the Oct. 2-6 meetings of the moderators and primates (leaders) of the Anglican Communion’s 39 provinces. Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, explains why here. Elizabeth Kaeton says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Revd Sarah V. Lewis says: September 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm I think such a description is important in these situations, what ever the gender is. If a male priest was engaged in the same actions as this woman is, perhaps he would dress in a less formal way than wearing a black suit along with his clerical collar. How one is perceived may affect one’s reception. A priest dressed in all in black is likely to be seen as someone trying to further his/her denomination, something unwelcome by many hotels. Jane Palmer says: September 22, 2017 at 10:34 am Very impressive article, with so much information and careful research. Thank you! September 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm What evidence is there that the soap message has been used by youth trapped in sex trafficking? September 23, 2017 at 5:13 am Great article! I learned a lot. I wonder if anyone here in the Harrisburg, PA area is participating in this prigram?! Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Her story is an example of how a child from any background, race or socio-economic status can become trapped in sex trafficking. These days, most people find prostitutes online, not by looking for streetwalkers, Flores said. “It’s basically fear,” Flores told Episcopal News Service. “These women are terrified and are being beaten and are threatened by the pimp, who is the trafficker. They tell you they know where your family is and get you addicted to drugs. They all use these tactics.”In these disgusting, deplorable situations, it’s almost guaranteed a trafficking victim will reach for the hotel room’s bar of soap. “That darkest moment is in those hotels, but they all go into the bathroom to clean up afterwards,” she said. That’s how the idea hatched to use soap as the way to reach the trafficked victims. If hotel managers don’t agree to place a labeled soap in each hotel room bathroom, volunteers suggest that they keep the soaps on the housekeeping carts for cleaning employees to place in the bathroom when they notice the signs.The signs include some obvious clues and some more subtle ones:• A man is checking in with a much-younger female.• A young woman looks a bit zonked out or bruised.• A young woman has no identification proof.• A hotel room is paid for in cash.• A hotel room is purchased by the hour or by the day repeatedly, or for extended stays longer than usual.• Several men are seen coming and going from one room.• Many more towels are requested than is typical.• Someone stands guard by the room door or is acting distrustful around security.If you suspect sex trafficking, call the police, FBI or the National Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or text: HELP to BeFree (233733). For more information, visit www.soapproject.org, www.traffickfree.com and www.ecpatusa.org.Flores has given out close to a million soaps since she founded the organization more than six years ago.She targets her hotel efforts during big events. The Super Bowl, NASCAR races, Republican and Democratic conventions, the Indianapolis 500, entertainment awards shows, the Kentucky Derby and the Detroit Auto Show are a few. When there’s likely to be a flood of people into town for a short time, especially when it’s mostly men, the demand will rise.So, the supply follows. Typically, in Detroit, there are 200 ads of women for sale on Backpage.com, Flores said. But the female ads spike to 500 to 600 during the Detroit Auto Show.Advocacy within the Episcopal ChurchDannhauser wants to encourage this kind of advocacy work throughout the Episcopal Church at large. The priest got the Episcopal Public Policy Network to send an action alert about any related legislation going through U.S. Congress so that more Episcopalians could get involved. The Episcopal network created its own human trafficking page chock full of helpful information, from advocacy updates from U.S. Congress and ongoing efforts by local Episcopal churches to ways to contact local elected officials and resources provided by the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.Dannhauser was critical in helping to pass a series of resolutions at the Diocese of New York’s annual convention in November. The resolutions encourage the diocese to prioritize doing business with those hotels, travel agencies and airlines that have signed the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct when traveling for church-related business. They also urge all parishes and individual Episcopalians to make those same choices in their business and personal travel.“And if we used a hotel or airline that hadn’t signed onto this code, then we’d try to sign them up; we have a letter for this and you can chat with the general manager about this,” Dannhauser said. “Anybody can do that kind of thing.” Submit an Event Listing This New York priest is on a mission to help children trapped in sex trafficking at hotels Hotel-sized soaps labeled with a toll-free hotline can help. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA September 21, 2017 at 8:20 pm Did the author of this article REALLY need to describe what the priest was wearing? Would she have done similarly if the priest had been a male? Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release September 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm Great article. This should really open some eyes.Thank you, Amy, Adrian, Anneke, and Church of the Incarnation. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments are closed. Micki Hoffmann says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group September 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm Thank you for this article. Thank you for the videos. Thank you for including the voices of survivors. Thank you for your fine, engaging writing. But, seriously? In an important story about the serious issue of sex trafficking and this priest’s important ministry does the second paragraph have to be about how the priest dressed? Would you have done that for male clergy? I think not. No one else’s clothing is described. Just the clergywoman. I might have expected something like this in 1987. Or, 1997. Maybe, maybe in 2007. But, it’s 2017. We’ve been ordaining women since 1974. I’m sorry but I’m so very tired of unconscious journalistic sexism. Please, as you raise awareness and conscientiousness about the misogyny and sexism that fuels the abuse and trafficking of women,young girls, and girl-children be aware of how it is you portray all women – especially ordained women. Thank you.Again, thank you for this article and the important work of Rev. Adrian Dannhauser. May God bless her, her brave leadership and her ministry. Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Centrepoint is encouraging people to donate this winter, focusng on £15 as the amount that “could give a young homeless person a warm, safe room, hot meal and support in rebuilding their life. Tagged with: Advertising christmas 55 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Centrepoint’s Christmas appeal focuses on risks young people take to get off the streets Howard Lake | 12 October 2015 | News Centrepoint, the charity for homeless young people, has launched its Christmas appeal, highlighting the desperate measures that homeless people aged 16-25 take to try to get off the streets.Centrepoint’s national advertising campaign reveals that young people turn to self-harming, prostitution and committing crimes as desperate if short-term solutions to their housing problems.The campaign is based on research for Crisis by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, originally conducted n 2010 and 2011.“At least she has some options”The newspaper adverts highlight these options in tick-box format, suggesting that Chloe, the young woman featured, “has some options” It’s just that these options are dire. The research for Crisis reveals:• Almost a third of homeless young people (28%) have committed a minor crime, such as shoplifting or antisocial behaviour, in the hope of being taken into custody for the night.• 18% have attempted to admit themselves to A&E to spend a night in hospital• 11% have entered into a sexual partnership in order to get a bed for the night . One in four young women have engaged in sex work specifically in order to fund accommodation and have a place to sleep.Matt Wilk, Head of Marketing and Communications at Centrepoint, said:“Homeless young people are taking huge risks to get off the streets. We felt compelled to illustrate these harrowing and upsetting situations in our Christmas ad campaign to demonstrate how vital public donations are at this time of year”. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
A Beijing mass rally in 1961 protests the assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba.The world capitalist media are filled with tributes to Liu Xiaobo and attacks on the People’s Republic of China. Liu, who was convicted of counterrevolutionary acts in 2009, died of liver cancer on July 13 in Shenyang.The Economist magazine’s front cover calls Liu “China’s conscience.” What did Liu stand for?Liu supported the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He declared: “No matter what, the war against Saddam Hussein is just! The decision by President Bush is right.” Liu also supported the U.S wars against Korea and Vietnam, which killed millions of people.The world bourgeoisie bestowed its Nobel Peace Prize — named after the inventor of dynamite — upon Pentagon cheerleader Liu in 2010.Liu despised the Chinese people, whom he described as “wimpy and spineless.”In 1988, Liu said that “given the size of China, certainly it would need 300 years of colonization for it to become like what Hong Kong is today. I even doubt whether 300 years would be enough.” (The Guardian, Dec. 15, 2010)What colonialism brought to ChinaChina suffered over a century of colonialism, from the end of the first Opium War in 1842 to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.Britain invaded China because the Qing Dynasty said no to drugs. Hong Kong was seized by Britain as compensation for opium China destroyed.Under the banner of “free trade,” British and U.S. merchants flooded the country with opium, leading to mass drug addiction. One of the biggest drug pushers was Warren Delano, a grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (Hudson River Valley Heritage)During the 1850s and 1860s, British and U.S. mercenaries helped crush the Taiping Rebellion, in which at least 20 million people were killed. During the Second Opium War, French and British troops looted the Summer Palace in Beijing and destroyed the old Summer Palace.European countries and Japan demanded colonial outposts. U.S. Navy gunboats patrolled the Yangtze River. Japan seized Taiwan in 1895; it still hasn’t been reunited with China. U.S. Marines looted Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900.Shanghai became the symbol of capitalist misery. The bodies of homeless people who starved to death overnight were stacked on street corners.Liu Xiaobo wanted 300 more years of such humiliation.The Chinese Revolution, led by the Chinese Communist Party, swept this filth away. On Oct. 1, 1949, Mao Zedong declared: “The Chinese people have stood up!” and the People’s Republic of China was born.Charter for counterrevolution Shanghai today is a gleaming metropolis. Its metro system carries more passengers than New York City’s subways.Life expectancy In China has risen from 45 years in 1950 to over 75 years today. The 1950 Marriage Law helped liberate Chinese women. Millions of people belonging to national minorities were encouraged to speak their own languages and develop their own culture.Mass literacy campaigns were conducted. Over 20 million students are currently attending universities.Liu wanted to overthrow the revolution that made this progress possible. In 2008, Liu helped initiate Charter 08, modeled after the anti-socialist Charter 77 in the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.Charter 08 declared: “the Communist defeat of the Nationalists in the civil war thrust the nation into the abyss of totalitarianism.” In other words, the bloody rule of Chinese dictator Chiang Kai-shek was preferable to the victory of the Chinese Revolution.Chiang’s Kuomintang had killed tens of thousands in massacres, from Shanghai in April 1927 to Taiwan in 1947.Liu’s charter demanded “the transfer of state-owned enterprises to private ownership,” and “land reform that promotes private ownership of land.” (New York Review of Books, Jan. 15, 2009)What does a fire sale of socialist industry — like what happened in the former Soviet Union — have to do with democracy? Charter 08’s proposed “land reform” would have guaranteed tens of millions of landless peasants.Liu Xiaobo wanted to return to the days when landlords ruled the countryside and Chinese comprador capitalists served as front men for colonial invaders. A Chinese court sentenced Liu to jail for his attempt to turn back the clock.Full-throttle hypocrisyThe capitalist media claimed that Liu, 61, had been denied medical care. In fact, after he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, he was granted medical parole and moved to a hospital in the Chinese Medical University in Shenyang. (CNN, June 27) Before the revolution that Liu hated, few Chinese had any medical care or lived beyond 45.There is no media spotlight for U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was denied treatment for hepatitis C until he was found to have cirrhosis of the liver. Abu-Jamal got treatment only because of a struggle that has also benefited thousands of other prisoners with the disease.The Economist didn’t put Ethel Rosenberg on its cover after she was burned to death in the electric chair.The New York Times didn’t run editorials about Black U.S. Communist leader Henry Winston, who went blind because he was denied medical care while jailed under the thought-control Smith Act. Winston later fought to save his comrade Angela Davis, whom Ronald Reagan wanted to send to California’s gas chamber.The New York Post demanded that people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart be kept jailed even though she had late-stage breast cancer. The U.S. media have been silent about the Palestinian parliamentarian and women’s leader Khalida Jarrar and 6,200 other Palestinian political prisoners.Ahmad Evans deserved some media publicity, too. The Black leader died of cancer in prison after being sentenced to the Ohio electric chair as a scapegoat for the 1968 Cleveland uprising. Ted Dostal, a founding member of Workers World Party who died in 2003, was sent to jail for protesting Evans’ frame-up.Herman Wallace, a member of the Angola 3, spent 40 years in solitary confinement after being framed for killing a Louisiana prison guard. His real crime was forming a chapter of the Black Panther Party.After many appeals, Wallace was released from prison and died three days later, on Oct. 4, 2013, from liver cancer.But the capitalist mouthpieces demand that we mourn Liu Xiaobo.In “Serve the People,” Mao Zedong wrote: “to die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather.”Herman Wallace died for the people. Liu Xiaobo died for the exploiters and oppressors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF_en News SingaporeAsia – Pacific 看中文Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who brought a libel suit against the blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling in May, is now trying to rush the case through the courts to prevent a full examination of the evidence.This is the first time a Singaporean prime minister has taken legal proceedings against one of his own citizens. On the eve of the first hearing in the trial tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders calls for urgent action by all netizens to support Roy Ngerng (see below).The suit arises from an article published on 15 May headlined “Where your CPF Money is going: Learning from the City harvest Trial”. There is a strong possibility that Ngerng will be denied a fair trial and thus the chance to prove that the allegations against him are baseless.On July 11, the prime minister applied for a summary judgment, in order to wrap up the case quickly and determine the damages against Ngerng, without the evidence being heard in full. This procedure is only possible if the judges do not have to decide the case in the belief that the accused has already admitted his guilt and is unable to present an effective defence against the allegation. “The case brought by the prime minister against Roy Ngerng is nothing but a diversionary tactic and a deterrent,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk.“It is based on the fact that a blogger works alone and does not benefit, for example, from the support of the news organization he works for, and on the desire to divert public attention from the scandal surrounding the Central Provident Fund, which he has written about. The disproportionate resources deployed by the prime minister shows he wants to issue a warning to all Singapore citizens who might publish any information that directly or indirectly challenges the government. “We urge Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong purely and simply to withdraw his case.”Reporters Without Borders considers Ngerng to be the latest victim of a particular legal device known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). It is designed in the first place to deny the blogger the ability to publish or the chance to defend himself. Secondly, it is intended to send a deterrent message to all those involved in news and information who might be tempted to publicize, or carry on with, his work. Finally, it is intended to divert public attention from the revelations in Ngerng’s article. It is a procedure designed ultimately not to win the case but to publicly exhaust the blogger psychologically, financially and physically. Never-ending SLAPPA letter to Ngerng from Prime Minister Lee’s lawyer on 18 May accused him of “false and baseless allegation” and demanded deletion of the blog post, a public apology and payment of damages and Lee’s legal costs.The alarmed Ngerng responded by issuing a letter of apology recognizing that the allegations were “false and completely without foundation.”He told Reporters Without Borders why he and his lawyer decided to apologize. “we thought that that was the easiest way out of the situation, knowing that if we had proceeded to fight, it would result in certain bankruptcy, which has happened.”Reporters Without Borders subsequently learned that the apology was actually drafted by Lee’s lawyers and not by Ngerng, despite the repeated public references to Ngerng’s so called admission of guilt.In a series of exchanges in the media and by letter, Lee refused to withdraw his libel suit and said Ngerng’s apology was not “genuine.” His lawyers also demanded the deletion of some of Ngerng’s subsequent blog posts, threatening to increase the amount of damages sought.On 10 June, Tan Tock Seng Hospital fired Ngerng from his position as patient coordinator on the grounds of “conduct incompatible with the values and standards expected of employees.” After many online comments by members of the public in support of Ngerng, the health ministry issued a statement endorsing his dismissal and condemning his actions.A few days later, Lee’s press secretary, Chang Li Lin, wrote to The Economist criticizing its story about the libel suit. The letter was widely criticized in online posts questioning the involvement of government officials in a private matter and, in a reference to the health ministry’s statement, voicing concern about the possibility that the government had intervened directly against Ngerng.COMBAT CENSORSHIP AND SUPPORT ROY NGERNG!You can thwart the Singaporean prime minister’s attempt to censor Roy Ngerng by using the Streisand Effect. To this end, Reporters Without Borders urges Internet users to:* Circulate, share or host Ngerng’s blog post, which is available here:http://therealsingapore.com/content/where-your-cpf-money-going-learning-…* Circulate, share or host the blog supporting Roy Ngerng:http://isupportroyngerng.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/11/ * Contribute to Wikipedia’s articles on Singapore’s Central Provident Fund https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Provident_Fund and on the prime minister https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong mentionning the caseReporters Without Borders also urges Internet users to:* Contribute to Ngerng’s legal defence fundhttp://thehearttruths.com/2014/05/29/please-support-roy-ngerngs-defamati… * Follow Ngerng’s blog http://thehearttruths.com/ and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxB2eE3nn9foPhsNKRj9bgQ* Voice your support for Ngerng on his Facebook page, The Heart Truths https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-want-the-government-and-people-to-work-… * on the prime minister’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/leehsienloong* on Central Provident Fund contact page:http://mycpf.cpf.gov.sg/cpf/contact-us/contact_us.htm Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Press freedom organization says PM’s libel suit is designed to silence whistle-blower and warn off others. October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further October 2, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Organisation April 10, 2020 Find out more News RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information SingaporeAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Singapore July 17, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for support for blogger Roy Ngerng
Follow the news on Africa Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. News to go further Africa News Related documents affiche_sommet1-2.pdfPDF – 485.03 KB June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Organisation May 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Africa – France summit against backdrop of two-speed press freedom Africa News June 10, 2021 Find out more News Africa A total of 52 African states have been invited to the two-day Africa – France summit that is due to begin on 31 May in the French city of Nice. Representatives of the European Union, International Organisation of the Francophonie, Food and Agriculture Organisation, African Union Commission and World Bank are also due to attend the summit, the 25th of its kind.French President Nicolas Sarkozy will have three closed-door meetings with all the heads of state about what are being billed as the leading issues of the 21st century: Africa’s place in world governance, reinforcing peace and security, and climate and development.Working meetings will also be held among government ministers responsible for economic affairs, and for the first time entrepreneurs – 80 French and 150 African – have been asked to participate. With the topics of these meetings including the private sector’s role in development and employment in Africa, this summit is resolutely focused on the economy and business world.The priority being given to economic and development issues should not however eclipse the importance of reinforcing media freedom and free expression. They are essential for democratic governance and the creation of social cohesion, without which fair and socially effective economic development is impossible. These issues are crucial for Africa, long the victim of its image of corruption and underdevelopment.“There is as two-speed Africa now – an Africa of virtuous countries, which show the most respect for press freedom and the work of journalists, and an Africa of countries such as Gambia and Rwanda that regard journalists as the enemy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The media diversity in Mali has nothing in common with Eritrea’s complete absence of independent media,” the organisation continued. “The ability of journalists in Ghana to express their views and be outspoken is infinitely greater than that of their colleagues in Equatorial Guinea. As for host country France, it could learn a lot from some African countries that have for years been displaying calm and tolerance towards their journalists.”Fundamental rights, a condition for developmentThe press freedom situation in Africa is very mixed, like the political situation. One third of Africa’s countries are ruled by a president who was put there by an army or by a rebellion, while internal crises sap Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. Several countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone are having difficulty in exorcising old demons.One African leader is the subject of an international arrest warrant on seven charges including genocide and crimes against humanity – Sudan’s newly-elected President Omar al-Bashir. Several demented dictators such as Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea’s “God,” and Eritrea’s Issaias Afeworki, a sort of King Lear defending his people against an imaginary war, hold on to power thanks in part to a lack of political will on the part regional organisations and the international community’s indifference. The situation in both Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe is volatile.All these regimes unfortunately divert attention from the achievements of some governments and the efforts being made by others. Africa has countries with a real democratic tradition such as South Africa, Mali, Benin and, to a lesser degree, Senegal. Other countries embody permanent contradictions. In Tunisia, for example, there is an astonishing contrast between a level of economic development approaching European standards and a political regime of the most authoritarian and disreputable kind.The political, cultural and linguistic differences, the different levels of economic development and integration into world trade, and the wide variation in respect for fundamental freedoms mean that one should be talking about several Africas rather than just one AfricaHope in AfricaCape Verde, Ghana, Mali, South Arica, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Liberia, Mauritius, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Comoros, Mozambique and a few other African countries usually get a fairly good ranking in the annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. In the latest index, issued last October, four of them were ahead of France, which was ranked 43rd.Reporters Without Borders is closely following promising developments in certain countries, such as Mauritania, where censorship has been lifted since the fall of Maaouya Ould Taya’s dictatorship in 2005 and journalists are much freer to work. We also hail the holding of a national conference on the media in Niger from 29 to 31 March, the reopening of the press club in the capital, Niamey, and the examination of a bill that would decriminalise press offences.Proposed legislation has also raised hopes of change in the situation of the media in Zimbabwe. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said at the end of March that his government’s priorities included the presentation of a Freedom of Information Bill and a Media Practitioners Bill to parliament.Although the situation is not entirely rosy even in the countries praised by Reporters Without Borders for their progress or their efforts, and although achievements are still fragile, Africa is on the move.Africa is facing great challenges: media polarisation in such countries as Madagascar, where the press still have not succeeded in overcoming their political divisions; ethnic divisions in some regions; the lack of training for journalists that seems to be a permanent problem all over the continent; censorship, recently reintroduced in Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda; the high level of violence in Somalia, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo; the lack of a democratic culture among political party supporters, as Mozambican journalist Salomao Moyana, the editor of the Magazine Independente weekly was recently reminded when he was threatened by supporters of the RENAMO party; and the decriminalisation of press offences, the importance of which was recently highlighted by the tragic death of journalist Germain Germain Ngota, also known as Bibi Ngota, in a Cameroonian prison after a month in preventive detention.There are still too many African countries where journalists have to steer clear of subjects that are off limits. There are still too many regimes that equate freedom of expression with political instability.Independence does not mean freedomThis summit is taking place in special atmosphere as 17 of Africa’s countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their independence this year. In chronological order of their date of independence, they are Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Mali, Nigeria and Mauritania.Such an anniversary is a special moment for a nation, a time for looking back at its past, its successes and failures, and a time for formulating a vision for the future, for making political and social decisions. Reporters Without Borders urges the countries of Africa to put press freedom at the heart of their project for the future as it is one of the pillars of democracy and an essential condition for all human progress.The countries that have made the most progress in this respect, Ghana, Mali and Namibia, have a vital role to play with their neighbours. They should share their experiences with the other countries of Africa and France, explain how their media emerged and developed, how journalism evolved in their countries and what press freedom has contributed to social cohesion, political stability and the strengthening of institutions.Reporters Without Borders also calls for stronger regional political integration and urges organisations such as the African Union to commit fully to media freedom, to embrace it as an engine of change in practices and values and as mechanism for taking the entire continent forward. Africa has a lot to learn from itself. 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Obtained by ABC News(PHOENIX) — An Arizona police chief said she has apologized to a black couple arrested on suspicion of shoplifting after cell phone videos surfaced showing one police officer threatening to shoot a father as other officers point guns at his pregnant fiancee and their young children.“Every time I look at that video, it’s extremely unsettling,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said in an interview with ABC affiliate station KNXV-TV in Phoenix on Sunday. “It’s not in keeping with what I expect from our employees.”The chief’s statement came just days after a $10 million notice of claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, was sent to the city of Phoenix on behalf of Dravon Ames, 22, and his fiancee, Iesha Harper, 24, the couple seen in the videos being arrested by Phoenix police last month.“It’s troubling,” Williams said of the incident. “It’s challenging and definitely not representative of the 2,900 officers we have in Phoenix.”The episode unfolded on May 27, when Phoenix officers responded to a report of a shoplifting incident at a Family Dollar store.When the officers arrived at the store to investigate, a clerk told them about an unrelated shoplifting incident that had just occurred and were directed to three adults and two young children getting into a car in the parking lot, Williams said.An officer ran out and tried to speak to the occupants of the car, yelling orders for the driver to stop, but the car kept going, Williams said.The driver stopped and let out a passenger, a woman who had warrants out for her arrest, the chief said. She was taken into custody.Officers then caught up to the vehicle suspected in the shoplifting at a nearby apartment complex. That’s when the incident quickly escalated and witnesses pulled out cell phones and started recording.In one video, an officer can be heard yelling at Ames to get his hands up. The officer, identified by Phoenix police officials as Officer Christopher Meyer, is then heard yelling at Ames, “I’m gonna put a f——- cap in your f——- head.”A second video of the incident shows Ames on the pavement outside his car with the same officer, Meyer, on top of him and placing him in handcuffs. The officer, according to the video, then yanks Ames off the ground and pushes him against a patrol vehicle before sweep-kicking Ames’ legs apart, causing him to almost fall down.“When I tell you do something, you f—— do it!” Meyer is heard in the video yelling at Ames.Ames responded that he was complying and then told Meyer, “I’m sorry.”Both videos show other officers pointing guns at Ames’ car, where Harper, who is pregnant, was in the backseat with her two daughters, a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old.When the officers yelled at Harper to get out of the car, she told them, “I have two kids.” One officer responds, “I don’t give a s—, put your hands up.”Harper got out of the car holding her 1-year-old. An officer charged up and attempted to pull the toddler from her arms, according to the video. A neighbor intervened and agreed to take the children, which police allowed before arresting Harper.The videos surfaced online last week, and Chief Williams posted them on Facebook on Friday.The officers involved in the incident were not wearing body cameras.Williams immediately ordered an investigation and placed Meyer and the other officers involved in the incident on desk duty. The names of the other officers were not released.“I, like many others am sick over what I have seen in the video depicting Phoenix police interacting with a family and young children,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a statement. “There is no situation in which this behavior is ever close to acceptable. As a mother myself, seeing these children placed in such a terrifying situation is beyond upsetting.”Gallego has called for a community meeting on Tuesday to discuss the incident.While police said Ames confessed to stealing a pair of underwear from the Family Dollar and Harper said her 4-year-old daughter took a doll from the store without her knowledge, no charges were filed against the couple because the store manager declined to press charges.On Wednesday, the couple’s attorney, Tom Horne, a former Arizona attorney general, filed a notice of claim with the city on behalf of Ames, Harper and their two children.In the letter, Horne said the couple never resisted the officers and attempted to comply with their orders.“The police officers committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional distress, and violation of civil rights,” Horne wrote in the letter.“This case can settle for $2.5 million for each of the four claimants or a total of $10 million,” Horne wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.